Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage . . . They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
~Psalm 84:5

Friday, June 25, 2010

It's only a week away now . . .

So June was supposed to be full of books and coffee shops and lazy days in the pool, but life had other plans.  As crazy, wild and stressful as this month has been, I almost wish it wasn't over!


Because in 7 short days I turn 30!!!  Holy moley!  How the heck did THAT happen???

And with the stressfulness of the month all the hopes and plans for a big 30's bash flew out the window.  (Well, that and the lack of funds due to partial unemployment for the summer.)  So I suppose if anything is happening I need to throw it together in the next 24 hrs so people have ample warning.  Oi!

The month was full of such horribleness (is that even a word?), that some of the good things got buried.  So let me recount the blessings:

First, my good friend Elaine is home for the summer from Seoul, South Korea.  I've had some fun hangouts with her and I'm sad to think she's got less than a month left before she leaves again.  Although, she's lobbying like mad to get me to go teach English in Korea for a year!

Second, my friend Aleen sent me an unexpected package nearly three weeks ago that contained two books I mentioned wanting in a previous post - Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives In North Korea by Barbara Demick and My Life In France by Julia Child.  I was so surprised and happy I was practically in tears!  And I promptly shelved Eat, Pray Love so I could read Nothing to Envy (it's AMAZING and I promise to blog about it very soon!  I've already finished it but I'll leave it up on my sidebar for a little longer).

Third, my uncle gave me two free tickets to an Astros game and it was the first one I've been to in over two years!  It was a day game and I loved the laid back atmosphere.  We were even able to sit a lot closer than what was posted on the tics since not too many people attended.

Fourth, I signed up online to try Chick-fil-a's new spicy chicken sandwich the week before it was officially released.  I would've been happy with just the free sandwich, but when I went in and ordered a drink and fries to go along with it they gave it all to me for free! 

Fifth, we've had some awesome thunderstorms roll through town and thankfully no lightening struck our house/property (that happened two years ago and was no bueno!).

Sixth, the past week and a half I've had a little more time to enjoy the pool and with the 95+ degree weather it's been soooo deliciously refreshing!

Seventh, I've taken advantage of HEB's offer of a free container of hummus with the purchase of New York Style Pita Chips.  Mmmm . . . I couldn't tell ya the amount of pita chips and hummus I've consumed in the past 10 days!  Let's just say I work in the same shopping strip as HEB, so it's very easy to pop into the store for a quick buy.

Eighth, I've cut down on the amount of sugar, red meat and white bread products I was consuming - it was starting to get out of hand!  So, combined with the swimming, I'm feeling stronger and healthier.  Now if I could just adjust my sleeping hours I'll be all set!  But alas!  I come from a family of night owls!

Ninth, whatever little bugs were feasting on me in my own room are finally gone!  Actually, I'm fairly certain they were fleas and I have no clue where they came from!  I caught one and another one committed suicide by jumping into a glass of water.  But they weren't alone 'cause I still had some bites.  I washed everything possible, sprinkled borax all over the carpet and vacuumed every vacuumable surface in the room (floor, bed, drapes, chair, lampshade).  I still got one last bite after all that, but nothing since then.  That was two weeks ago.  Let's hope no new ones hatch . . .

Tenth, my bro got tics for my nephews, niece, me, my SIL and him to watch Toy Story 3.  Oh my, it was a great movie!  My nephew cried a little at the end.  So did I.

Eleventh, God is good.  And He's in control.  Nothing else matters.

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